In My Blood It Runs


TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 6:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 4 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 12:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Sat, May 4, 2019 6:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Australia
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Aboriginal Engilsh
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Maya Newell
Collaborating Director(s):Dujuan Hoosan
Carol Turner
Megan Hoosan
James Mawson
Margaret Anderson
Producer(s):Larissa Behrendt
Maya Newell
Rachel Edwardson
Sophie Hyde
Executive Producer(s):Felicity Hayes
Editor(s):Bryan Mason
Maya Newell
Simon Price
Writer(s):Maya Newell
Larissa Behrendt
Sophie Hyde
Rachel Edwardson
Cinematography:Maya Newell
Composer:Benjamin Speed
Amit May Cohen
Sound:Kim Patrick


Dujuan is a 10-year-old Arrernte boy from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in Australia. Full of life and exuberance, he learns, with the support of his loving mother and grandmother, to hunt, speak two Indigenous languages and become a healer. Dujuan is politically astute and a leader in the making. But within the westernized school system, his strength and intellect go unnoticed and the colonial approaches to education threaten him with failing grades. At the time of filming, 100% of the youth in Alice Springs detention centres were Aboriginal, and throughout the film it becomes increasingly clear that the system is set up to work against young boys like Dujuan. This powerful film, made in collaboration with Dujuan's family, is an emotional journey through the fight to mend an educational schism between traditional culture and colonial ideas and solidify a future for the youth. Heather Haynes

Co-presented with JAYU's Human Rights Film Festival

Additional Information

  • NOW - 12 must-see films about and directed by women at Hot Docs 2019
  • The Gate - 4.5 Stars, "One of the stand-out world premieres at this year's festival."
  • In the Seats - Talking with Director Maya Newell about her film 'In My Blood It Runs'
  • One Movie Our Views - 3.5 Stars, "An authentic and respectful glimpse into a world and culture that we don't normally see."